Switzerland, Geneva

Human Rights, Gender and Alterity

when 25 June 2018 - 6 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee CHF 1900

Joint Summer School between the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies – Geneva.

In 2018 the second edition of the Summer School “Human rights, Gender and Alterity” will take place in Geneva. This unique transdisciplinary course is aimed at students and practitioners from all academic backgrounds and will enable participants to critically engage with human rights from a gender and a decolonial perspective.

The innovative concept combines visits to international organisations in Geneva, namely the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), attending sessions of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and presentations by internationally renowned experts working in the area of human rights with an introduction to the academic field of human rights, gender and alterity.

Topics to be covered include: violence against women, human rights and decolonial approaches to justice, freedom and emancipation, the new international division of labour and migration, global reproductive rights, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity rights (SOGI). These will be addressed using diverse theoretical perspectives including feminist legal theories, gender and post- and decolonial theories, and theoretical approaches to antidiscrimination law.

Students will have the opportunity not only to explore highly topical issues with human rights experts and academics in thematic seminars, but also to actively apply and deepen their knowledge in practical exercises. First, students will participate in a Moot Court simulating an individual communications procedure before the CEDAW Committee and, second, they will present a case study on an example of legislation or legal practice they have chosen.

This Summer School is organised in cooperation with FRI Swiss institute for feminist legal studies and gender law, Service Agenda 21 - Ville durable of the Ville de Genève, Bureau de l'égalité entre femmes et hommes et de prévention des violences domestiques of the République et canton de Genève, Equal Opportunities Office of the University of Geneva and the Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains.

Course leader

Course Directors:

Prof. Michelle Cottier
Faculty of law
University of Geneva

Prof. Marylène Lieber
Institute for Gender Studies
University of Geneva

Dr. Christine Verschuur,
Senior Lecturer
Anthropology and Sociology of Development and Gend

Target group

This summer school is aimed at students and practitioners from various backgrounds who wish to analyse and reconstruct sources of international human rights instruments from aperspective of social sciences, namely gender and postcolonial studies, thereby exploring new ways of engaging with international law and practice in order to contribute to a society whereequality and absence of discrimination are a reality.

Credits info

6 ECTS
Participants are evaluated on the basis of the participation in a Moot Court and the individual presentation of a case study. Equivalence of 6 ECTS.

Students will be provided with a Certificate of Completion for their course if they satisfy attendance.

Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer Schools courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate their course for credit at their home university before commencing the summer school, as specified in our Regulations.

Fee info

CHF 1900: Final Deadline 15 April 2018

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